The days are longer (especially for those furthest away from that imaginary and yet ever so present dividing line called the «equator») and even though cocktails may begin earlier than usual and suppers and dinners inevitably end later than usual too, you probably won’t be having that ESPRESSO at the end of your summer meal . . . unless it’s in the form of ICE CREAM and not too heavily caffeinated because you still need a good night’s rest to pursue your summer festivities, customs and rituals again tomorrow and after tomorrow and so on !
And what about that hot coffee ? Okay, iced coffee may be better in this weather (here’s my cold-brew coffee recipe) and can be prepared in advance, so that’s convenient enough, but this NO-CHURN ice cream version is a nice & easy compromise, even though I do have an ice cream churner but I may just not feel like taking up so much space in the freezer and letting it freeze for 48 hours and then pursue with the rest of the preparations because in the end, who knows if I’ll change my mind later ?
It’s a COFFEE & DESSERT all in one. It’s no-churn, it doesn’t require a custard made with egg yolks, it’s creamy, it’s got coffee, it’s got chocolate, it’s got some crispy wafers, it takes only 15-20 minutes to make and then about 6 hours to freeze up correctly to become that icy & creamy perfection which, by the way, is also the way my sister makes her ice cream.
I used finely chopped KIT KATs, (but COFFEE CRISPs, if you happen to have them around, are even better for their extra coffee flavor and super crumbliness) but even so, you could just crush up some crispy vanilla wafers, chop up some milk chocolate and just use or add more strong espresso powder or coffee syrup for an almost similar result !
Another presentation option is using a few little mini chocolate shells or cups, filling them up with a small part of the mixture, sticking a wooden stick in them and giving them to the kids or child-like adults in the vicinity.
Anyways, it’s good in all shapes & sizes and it takes care of (or pleasantly replaces) that caffeine urge (to avoid that headache from the withdrawal if you go without your coffee fix) right after that late dinner in a cool & sweet & refreshing way.
Need I say more ?! (and no, this post was not sponsored) . . . OH YEAH, HAPPY BASTILLE DAY friends (it's France's national holiday) ! . . . :)